Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Nov. 5, 2016
By Marc Platt
"Badges, badges. We don't need no stinkin' badges"
(Mel Brooks 'Blazing Saddles')
I told you I would explain just what has happened to the American political system in simple terms.
It really is quite simple, if you think about it. Hillary Clinton tried to explain it with her "Half of Trump's supporters are deplorable" comment. She nailed it. HALF of his coalition is deplorable. The other half are good people (I assume).
Day one, the table was set when The Donald called Mexicans "rapists" and "bad people" to highlight his assertion that immigrants are to blame for all of our problems.
That sounds like Hitler blaming the Jews in 1933 in Germany. It is no secret that Trump admires dictators. He reads all their biographies and uses elements of their success/failures to gin up his base.
Let me use a sports analogy to try and explain a little more. If female candidate Hillary Clinton were the Chicago Cubs who finally had a chance after 100 years to break through with most of the women and a great part of the country rooting for her to win, this is more understandable. Trump is like the Cleveland Indians and their relatively unknown big bats who crush their opponents. Baseball fans I am not demeaning your teams here. I am making a point about tradition versus strength.
Our tradition is a long list of white men and one black man becoming US President. Now we have a woman knocking on the door. Donald Trump found a way to make this about criminality and a group of disenfranchised voters who he has exploited, knowing full well he didn't even want the job.
Poll watching is a no no. Using the FBI as a politically partisan entity is a big no no and engaging the Russians to get involved in an American election is disgraceful. Let us see if our government cleans up all the corruption after the election.
It really is quite simple, but we never make anything easy in America. Do we?
Oct. 26, 2016

By Marc Platt

Listening to pundits criticizing how Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) gives speeches in these last two weeks really shows short-sided thinking. The "Message" HRC surrogates is delivering ALSO contains "Messages" for the down ballot races. Warren is expertly making a case for a Democratic senate and congress, as well as state legislatures. President Obama has done hundreds of ads for local, state and national candidates. HRC and her campaign are doing 40+ fundraisers not for HER campaign, but for these other races. Trump stopped doing any RNC fundraisers a week ago.

So when I hear this bullshit about Mr. Trump and his "Movement" I laugh. It is Hillary Clinton and her army of surrogates who are creating the real movement. The movement away from GOP congressional and state legislative hijacking of women's reproductive policies, religious terrorism (policies), LGBT rights.

Our country really has "MOVED" in a different direction since President Obama took office. Depending on your political leanings, that direction is good or bad.

This election is a mandate for the direction of the country at it appears by the poll numbers, people are pretty happy, despite the partisan yelping.

Oct. 20, 2016
By Marc Platt
Watching the first 30 minutes of the debate, I was reminded on what a fine showman "The Donald" is. I call him "The Donald" here because he is always in performance mode. His top advisors Steve Bannon and Kelly Anne Conway continue to egg him on to say outrageous and controversial things like "I will keep you in suspense" regarding the common acceptance of the final verdict of the people November 8.
President Obama has classically reminded us "This is not a show." Mr. President, I respectfully disagree. This has ALL been a show by Trump. They are rolling out "Trump TV" at $9.99 per-month. The 20% of the country who love Breitbart and far right wing conspiracy theory activities will love paying Mr. Trump. These are people who may be bored with Fox News and need a more fiery brand of crazy.
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been tasked rounding up the next set of suckers who will invest in this sure-to-fail venture, but not before The Donald walks off with a bunch on cash. He will brand this, but remember my friends he is going to be a huge loser in the election and as so many of his ventures have failed, I give this 2-3 years.
Let's see how this plays out, but yes "The Donald" has played the media, the world and the American voters for fools this cycle.
Oct. 15, 2016
By Marc Platt
Who would have ever thought we would be where we are right now just a few weeks from a "Change Election?"
This is a cycle that would most-assuredly have gone to the GOP if not for a series of idiotic maneuvers by Reince Priebus and the RNC, as well as the GOP establishment starting back in 2012.
Their own autopsy condemned the Republican's inability to reach out to Latino and other minority voters.
The fact that Donald Trump was able to exploit the inherent inadequacies by going AGAINST that autopsy by railing on Mexicans and other immigrants, as well as Muslims (a religion) and just about every other voting segment in our society except ANGRY WHITE PEOPLE who feel left out.
WARNING: Trump will lose this in a landslide, but does not mean that another Trump-like man or woman won't pop up in 2020 with a nice smile and a gentler demeanor.
We could see someone rise up with the same horrifying policies and backwards thinking, but in a more palatable and younger version of Trump's fear-mongering, race baiting and xenophobic tactics. I fear we are on the verge of a never-going-back-to-decorum style politics after this cycle.
This may be the legacy Donald J. Trump has left America after this brutal cycle ends.
Oct. 10, 2016

By Marc Platt

Enough of the Trump tapes. This is not the way to go. He is already down double digits in most polls. Go after him for his ridiculous and absurd racist policy ideas. We already know he is a sexual predator. His base is secure, but Trump is not picking up new voters and that is what HRC should keep attacking. Get the Millennial voters and the white educated white voters in the swing states.

This is headed towards a wave election and a landslide in the electoral college.

I was proud of Hillary Clinton for NOT stooping to his level and just brushing off all the accusations. She spoke to America, not the pundits who need to keep the controversy alive to get ratings.

The bold move was not by Trump, but rather the restraint Hillary Clinton showed when he threw everything at her. She is winning where it matters most, the polls and with the voters already voting.

Trump damaged his reputation forever last night as a commodity amongst the mainstream outlets. What major network will ever give him a show like The Apprentice again? His asshole-ness was brought to a whole new level after Friday's tape came out and then his boorish behavior at the 2nd debate.

This election is over and so is "Network Reality Star" Donald J. Trump.

Trump won HIS battle, but lost the war last night. Just watch...